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Samsung Magnet

Mar 30, 2009
Market status
Release date
May 11, 2009

US carrier availability

Discontinued: AT&T


No pros


  • Slow data means slow Internet browsing (EDGE)
  • Lacks microSD slot for storage expansion
  • Lacks an ambient light sensor for automatic screen brightness adjustment




The Samsung Magnet is a budget-oriented QWERTY phone, designed for users keen on non-voice communication. It features a horizontal 2.2-inch display, VGA camera and 64 MB of internal memory

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  • Dimensions:
    • 4.29 x 2.32 x 0.47 inches (109 x 59 x 12 mm)
  • Weight:
    • 3.09 oz (88 g)
      the average is 5.3 oz (150 g)


  • Physical size:
    • 2.2 inches
  • Resolution:
    • 220 x 176 pixels
  • Pixel density:

    Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

    • 128 ppi
  • Technology:

    Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

    • TFT
  • Screen-to-body ratio:
    • 23.72 %
  • Colors:
    • 65 536


  • Camera:
      • 0.3 megapixels VGA


  • Built-in storage:
    • 0.064 GB


  • Talk time:
    • 5.00 hours
      the average is 15 h (887 min)
  • Stand-by time:
    • 10.0 days (240 hours)
      the average is 18 days (424 h)
  • Capacity:
    • 800 mAh


  • GSM:
    • 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
  • Data:
    • EDGE


  • Bluetooth:
      • 2.0

Other features

  • Notifications:
    • Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Phone profiles, Speakerphone
    • Voice recording
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  • Officially announced:
    • 30 Mar 2009

To see the full specifications with in-depth details click here.

This device is also known as Samsung SGH-A257

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